The Chicago cardinal agrees that the abortion legislation is a hellish thing — “it says that the unborn child has absolutely no claim on rights” — but is considerably less clear as to what he thinks of Communion, saying
. . . he thought it would be “counterproductive” to deny Holy Communion in his archdiocese to the legislators who championed the law.
“I think it would be counterproductive to impose sanctions, simply because they don’t change anybody’s minds, but it also takes away from the fact that an elected official has to deal with the judgment seat of God, not just the judgment seat of a bishop. I think that’s much more powerful,” Cupich told CNA.
“I have always approached the issue saying that the bishop’s primary responsibility is to teach, and I will continue to do that.”
Well teach what in this case? Not, apparently, what Bishop Paprocki of Springfield said:
He added that “to be clear and say ‘no, you can’t be promoting abortion legislation and be a Catholic in good standing,’ it also protects the integrity of the sacraments, saying that receiving Holy Communion is a very sacred thing to do.”
Cupich talks as if he were a prominent lecturer with points to make, Paprocki as if he has a cause to promote that goes far beyond persuading people, namely to protecting “the integrity of the sacraments,” whose reality hovers over the whole controversy.